School Safety

Survey: Parents Fear For Child Safety In Schools

14 hours ago

One in three parents fear for their child’s safety in school, according to a survey that a national education group conducts every year.

Jay County Schools To Buy Guns For Some Staff Soon

Jul 10, 2018
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A rural Indiana school district that plans to give some staff members access to guns says it could purchase them within the next month.

Nearly 50 Jay School Corporation employees volunteered to have access to the guns.

State Offers All Schools Handheld Metal Detectors

Jul 9, 2018

Earlier this year, lawmakers made $35 million available in the common school fund so schools can take out loans to pay for safety upgrades, and set aside more dollars for the state’s school safety grant program.

Now, in a video update shared online, Gov. Eric Holcomb says another way the state wants to make schools safer is by helping control what gets inside.

A key lawmaker at the Indiana statehouse is urging other legislative leaders to focus more on school safety and is asking for an annual study committee on the issue.

Lafayette Journal & Courier

Today:  Leigh Morris, a veteran northwest Indiana government and community official and Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura are in the studio along with Susan Duncan of the League of Women Voters Calumet Area, to talk about the grassroots campaign to encourage town and city councils across the state to get their legislators to support redistricting reform.  So far, 25 city and town councils in the Region have signed onto to a resolution encouraging the General Assembly to change its method of creating boundaries for legislatie districts.

Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) says the latest legislation builds on previous school safety investments. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
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Indiana schools will now have access to a little more money to upgrade their safety infrastructure.

The new money is possible through legislation approved during Monday’s one-day special session of the General Assembly.

School Safety Measure Revived For Special Session

May 11, 2018

Lawmakers will consider a revived school safety measure during Monday's special session.

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CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Police departments in northwestern Indiana are turning to key fobs as a way to unlock doors at local schools electronically so officers can quickly enter if there's an emergency.

The Times reports that the newly implemented system in Crown Point gives officers access to all doors at every school in the district. Officers will also be issued a school ID card.

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Today:  on this Reporter's Roundtable Thursday, we have "Post-Tribune" reporters Meredith Colias-Pete, Carole Carlson and Carrie Napoleon to talk about the stories they covered both in print and online.  Much of what they worked on was related to public education, school safety and gun reform.

We also bring you a report from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith on the close of the 2018 Indiana General Assembly on Wednesday at midnight and a look at the issues addressed this session.

School Safety Measure, Funding Fails Last Minute

Mar 15, 2018
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The same day students across the nation staged demonstrations around school safety, Indiana lawmakers failed to pass a bill to address the same issue in the final minutes of the 2018 legislative session. It passed the Senate, but lawmakers in the House failed to vote on the bill before the midnight deadline.

Bethany Christian Students join nationwide walkout

Mar 14, 2018
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Students across the country staged walkouts Wednesday including most of the students at Bethany Christian Schools in Goshen.

The walkout is in remembrance of the 17 victims of the Parkland school shooting in Florida a month ago, and to protest for gun law reform and safer schools.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on school safety following the mass shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The committee is hearing from a Stoneman Douglas teacher as well as from the father of one of the shooting victims, Florida lawmakers and Justice Department officials. Watch the hearing live.

Schools Preparing For Walkouts on Wednesday

Mar 13, 2018
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Several Indiana schools are planning programs Wednesday rather than letting students walk out of school during a nationwide gun violence protest.

The National School Walkout marks the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida shooting. Students across the country are planning to walk out of school in protest at 10 Wednesday morning. But some Indiana school districts say they don’t want kids leaving because of safety concerns.

Lawmakers Finalize School Safety Bill

Mar 13, 2018
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Lawmakers unveiled Tuesday a final version of legislation to help schools improve their safety. The agreed-upon language delivers a $5 million funding request made by Gov. Eric Holcomb for the state’s school safety grants.

That money goes toward equipment and school building safety upgrades.

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Schools, Officials Prepare For Student Protests

Mar 9, 2018

School violence in Florida last month has sparked a wildfire of activism around school safety, and school administrators across the state are working to prepare for student protests planned this month and next.

On March 14, students across the country will join a nationwide school walkout, scheduled for a total of 17 minutes. Each of those minutes represents a victim of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month.

Holcomb Requests $5M More For School Safety Funding

Mar 9, 2018

Gov. Eric Holcomb wants lawmakers to deliver an additional $5 million this year for schools to spend on safety upgrades.

Indiana currently spends $10 million a year for school safety grants, which fund security improvements and school resource officers.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says lawmakers are prepared to deliver that money and help fund an audit by the Department of Education of all school safety plans.

“DOE feels there might be a cost to that, a fiscal for them, so we need to talk about how to do that,” Long says.